IV Therapy: What it is and what it can do for you

Holistic Treatment Illustrations - iv apple plateIn our fast paced world, time is of the essence. We all want a quick fix so we can get back to normal and get on with our lives. Living in the fast lane often tempts us to take shortcuts – so we slog down a quick “energy drink” thinking it’s the perfect quick fix. WRONG! Most energy drinks are really bad for you. They are loaded with sugar (often in disguise), some electrolytes (in trivial amounts) and perhaps some vitamins (again in trivial amounts). Here’s a tip: if you want the perfect energy drink, quench yourself with a quart of whole milk – it’s loaded with mostly good stuff. But keep in mind that you only absorb about 8-10% of what you take in by mouth.

Energy drinks aside, most of us are NOT going to swallow a quart of milk. So what’s the fastest and easiest way to get what we need into our system and get all (that’s 100%) that we pay for? That’s where IV’s come into the play. Among the many benefits of IV Therapy are the ability to hydrate and restore your body 100%. Plus, the therapy is customizable to create the perfect solution to meet your needs. Most important, IV Therapy is fast, delivering the maximum about of benefit directly into your bloodstream in minimal time and without the wait of digesting a pill.

And what are some of those benefits? The top 5 reasons to add IV Therapy to your wellness routine include:

  • Hydration
  • Energy and Performance
  • Restore vital nutrients and vitamins
  • Repair damaged tissues
  • Protection from illness


water pitcherHydration is necessary for us to function since our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water. We must replenish the water in our system that is consistently and constantly being depleted throughout the day. Some experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses a day, some recommend half of your body weight in ounces, but the bottom line is that we need a lot of water just to maintain balance. This large amount of liquid can be difficult to ingest in a day. Hydration IVs are a blend of IV fluids and electrolytes designed to help you re-hydrate quickly if you are dehydrated or after your workout. These treatments are ideal for anyone regardless of athletic level or training.

Run OutsideEnergy and Performance

Let's say you have a big race coming up, and are interested in improving your performance on race day. To perform optimally you want your muscles and tissues to be well hydrated and you want to be in perfect mineral and electrolyte balance. Muscles require energy, hydration and the perfect balance of minerals and electrolytes to function at their peak performance. Proper muscle function requires your nerves to be firing efficiently, sort of like the spark plugs to your car motor. The B vitamins are essential for proper nerve and muscle interaction. Vitamin C helps your cells repair and restore and amino acids build muscle. Some IV solutions, like the Peak Performance IV, are designed to prime your system to help your body perform at its very best. That improved performance from IV Therapy can be applied as well to anyone who may be feeling a deficit of energy, sluggish or foggy.

Restore vital nutrients and vitamins

A hard workout can leave your body depleted of nutrients and your muscles sore. IV Therapy can be used to help speed up your recovery. In particular, the Optimal Recovery IV is designed to help you restore your body and feel whole again after a hard run or workout. You need to re-hydrate and restore. This IV solution contains the optimal mix of minerals, amino acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help your muscles relax and restore quickly even after your hardest workout.

RunnerRepair damaged tissue

Those with achy joints or who are suffering from arthritis are painfully aware of how the inflammation affects their day-to-day activities, and can make it difficult to perform the simplest task. There are several IV treatments effective for treating joint aches and pains. The UVBI treatment (Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation) is ideal for any kind of over-activation of the immune system and inflammation. Whether this is a result of a chronic infection such as in the case of Lyme disease or from Rheumatoid arthritis, the UVBI quiets down the inflammation and can provide relief. The Ozone IV works in a similar way to help you deal with inflammation and pain.

These IV Therapies can also be beneficial in treating the symptoms of Herpes. According to the CDC, the Herpes virus may hide dormant in your body for years and is difficult to eradicate. We find that a series of intensive treatments with a combination of IV Ozone therapy and UVBI can help get rid of symptoms and eliminate viral titers in your body to the point where they are at normal undetectable levels.

Taking care of a cold when you are sick with tissues and medicineProtection from illness

Fluids in our body are necessary for optimal function, and when we are feeling run down, dehydrated or depleted of nutrients we put our immune system at risk, which means it is much easier to catch colds or get sick. The best medicine is prevention, and IV Therapy can help quickly deliver the hydration and nutrients you need into your system before you are ill. Even if you are already feeling run down and prone to catching cold, the High Dose Vitamin C drip is great for eradicating a cold virus and helping you to be strong again. Patients often feel better before they leave the office.

While IV Therapy isn't a magical cure-all, it can be an instrumental component of holistic health. The goal of IV Therapy is not just to address current issues or conditions that you may be suffering from, but to include it as part of a routine that supports your entire well-being and can help prevention of future illness. Consider it just another piece of the whole-health treatment of your body.

Thom_090Content provided by Dr. Thom Lobe of Regenevéda in Chicago. Regenevéda was founded to provide the highest quality wellness treatments possible to Chicagoans. Founded by Dr. Thom Lobe, we believe in the power of the body’s ability to heal and therapies that sharpen the mind and give your body the boost that it needs. Come visit us at our locations to find out how we can help bring you up to peak performance.